Wed, Aug 28, 2013 07:21 PM
The Annual "Winter in August" celebration is an opportunity for
the Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce to recognize the
contributions of local ski areas. Area restaurants set up displays
and offered bite sized samples for members of the community, local
politicians and congressmen.
One of the most intriguing edibles was an offering from The
Foundry at Summit Pond. A hollowed out potato was wrapped in bacon
and filled with cheese before being topped off with a red wine and
stock reduction. "These have been very popular today," said Sean
Miller of the Foundry. "I think I have served most people here at
The Killington Grand Hotel and Conference Center had an impressive
setup and their mini bison burgers with homemade barbecue sauce and
blue cheese were also a hit. But it was Okemo Resort who won the
Chef's award for best taste.
"Okemo Resort won top honors with the Chef's Best Taste Award,"
said Tom Donahue, CEO at the Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce in
a recent release. "They made a wonderful impression with their
"I know that it was a close competition," said Okemo Mountain
Resort Executive Chef Scot Emerson. "All of the chefs who competed
are very talented, which makes winning the Best Taste Award a real
The Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce announced three awards at
the event: the Chef's Best Taste Awards, Chef's Best Presentation
Award and People's Choice Award.
The Chef's Best Taste Award was presented to Okemo Mountain Resort
with the Chef's Best Taste Runner Up Award going to the Bryant
House at The Vermont Country Store.
The Chef's Best Presentation Award went to Killington
The People's Choice Award was presented to The Foundry at Summit
This is the first year the Chamber established a "Chef led panel"
of experts to make the decision. The panel was led by former
NYC Chef, Paul Lasky. In addition we had Chef Rick Iffland from
Middlebury College and Mike Clifford (with extensive local
restaurant experience). The nine criteria included everything from
complimenting flavors to appeal to the eye. Restaurants were rated
on a weighted point system and scored accordingly. Attendees
voted by ballot throughout the evening for the People's Choice
According to the Rutland Chamber 36 businesses participated in
this year's event with nearly 600 people including Senator Patrick
Leahy, Congressman Peter Welch, Mayor Chris Louras and many other